June 18, 2020 Subject:
A '67 Survivor
We're quite lucky that this show has survived with such decent sound quality. This show was the 2nd night of two they did at Winterland, the day after their 1st album came out. The actual album release party was held at some place called Fugazi Hall (in the City) on the 20th. While I agree with may others here that this is a great show for it's time, I'm not as enamored with Garcia's Guild Starfire sound as some others posting below. But you have to appreciate the show on it's own terms. It's great to hear how far they had evolved since '65...their chops, the jams, etc. This show really opened my ears to how skilled Phil had become this early in the game. Just amazing, he's brilliantly all over the place. Viola Lee here is really excellent. But my fave passage in the show is the unexpected long jam in The Same Thing. Jerry goes into some really creative places there, bending the music in a beautiful way.
Oh, and Chuck Berry played there both nights as well...(re: Deadbase). Oh, to be a fly on the wall to hear THOSE backstage conversations!
May 16, 2015 Subject:
best dancin', & same thing, this side of the planet!
August 26, 2013 Subject:
Another from the Guild Starfire era. Pretty good sound! Bobby is droolingly breathless. Pigpen actually comes on way more professional than the rest of the band. The Dew is practically architypal, though; really well done. And so is everything after. Great late show.
November 14, 2011 Subject:
The Grateful Dead: Show #131
The past 2 dates on Archive were skipped because after some research, every song from both dates could be attributed to other dates. This one is much less controversial. Again, I use Dead.Net (although maybe not the most accurate, it's the official website) as a source to find the show number (making small corrections if evidence shows differently) and expanding from Deadlists.com for most of my research.
Winterland - Home of the Grateful Dead. I'm always in the mood to hear Smokestack and Morning Dew. Fast paced BIODTL. I think it was The Same Thing that made the night for me. It sounds to me like these days were the most fun they had jamming, whether it was what they intended to sound like or not. Death Don't was amazing... Possibly the best version I've heard so far in the chronology... Too bad about the end.
June 7, 2008 Subject:
Check out the other recording of this show
Good early show, but the other recording is of better audio quality:
March 26, 2008 Subject:
Funky sound; some hiss, but the vocals and guitars are clear and crisp. No drop outs or tape speed problems.
Lots of songs here to enjoy the early versions of. Warning: end of Death Don't gets cut off.